Raise a glass for the return of beer festival

Alnwick Round Table chairman Gary Brown and his fellow tablers Adam Lambert, Reuben Carr and Mark Turnbull are busy preparing for the Beer Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman
Alnwick Round Table chairman Gary Brown and his fellow tablers Adam Lambert, Reuben Carr and Mark Turnbull are busy preparing for the Beer Festival. Picture by Jane Coltman

The fund-raising Alnwick Beer Festival is back next month and organisers hope they will be toasting a good turn out and plenty of money raised for good causes.

The annual event is organised by Alnwick and District Round Table and takes place from Friday, September 4, to Sunday, September 6.

The popular showcase of real ale and cider is staged in the Town Hall in Alnwick Market Place.

This year’s theme is the North East, so organisers will be sourcing, where possible, the drink from breweries around the region.

There is set to be up to 30 real ales. Breweries to be used include Allendale, Alnwick, Anarchy, Born in the Borders, Cullercoats, Hadrian and Border, Mordue, VIP and Wylam.

A string of ciders will come from a number of breweries, such as Mr Whiteheads and Westons. There will also be wine and soft drinks.

Adam Lambert, beer festival organiser, said: “We are pleased to be staging the event once again and we hope that there is a good turn out.

“The beer festival is done to raise money for local good causes through the Round Table and everything that we raise at the event goes back to supporting the local community.

“We have different themes each year and this year we are back to the North East, so we have sourced our drinks as locally as possible.”

This year marks a change for the beer festival. Normally, it runs alongside Alnwick Food Festival over the third weekend of September.

But, with no food festival in 2015, the beer festival is going it alone and is being held a few weeks earlier than normal.

Adam said: “We are going into the unknown this year as there is no food festival so we really hope that we get the support and backing of the public, because we don’t want this to be an event that falls by the wayside.”

A host of local businesses have sponsored and supported this year’s event, including main sponsor Warcup Law Firm, beer-mat sponsor MKM Building Supplies and beer-glass sponsor Alnwick Accountants.

Adam said: “We really do value the support and the help that the local businesses offer and we do want to thank them.

“We couldn’t do it without them and their support means that we can raise more money for locally-based good causes.”

The festival runs from 6pm to 11pm on the Friday, 11am to 11pm on the Saturday and noon to 5pm on the Sunday.

Entry on the door is £5, which includes a souvenir glass and a programme with tasting notes. Beer tokens can then be purchased, at a cost of £5 for three.

Between 11am and 6pm on the Saturday, the £5 admission charge will include a free beer token.

For more information about the event, visit the website alnwickbeerfestival.co.uk or email alnwickbeerfestival@gmail.com